Now Slow Economics: Scale Out not Up
At the third Vikalp Sangam, Ilango, Stan and Bablu share their experiences with developing alternative economic institutions within the framework of equity, environmental sustainability, democratic governance.
Ilango shares his journey as a Panchayat Leader of Kuthambakkam, where he started working for livelihood development in his village. He realised how all the wealth created by people was moving out of the economy. Most of the commodities required by a village is available or at least be manufactured in the region. and create a local multiplier effect.. Kuthambottom-Up - Vikalp Sangam
From Isolated Alternatives to ...
Building Alternative Institutions
We need to develop alternative institutions which will embody the decentralised, people oriented democratic norms. (Walter)We can begin with alternative marketing institutions, which mean raises the experimentations done in Just Change or Kuttmabakkan and Timbaktu, to the levels of inter-organisational norms.(john). Leave it to the people, Otherwise it would be a return to the Vanguardist norm (Aseem)
Knowledge and Change
The Logical Framework of progress is still colonial and Eurocentric. While considering Gandhi in this context, to some it may seem like going back to the past, to other there is a lot to be achieved by using some of the good principles and building on the hitherto stymied knowledges, technologies, and systems.
Where are the people?
Are we still on the Vanguard? If not, does that mean that the alternative will generate autochronously from "below". Is there a role for our "modern" or Euro-centric body of knowledge appropriately applied in framing the alternative? Can we even 'represent' the people?
This is the unabridged version of the recording... Conversations on Change
Prevented by Weather from reaching the Vikalp Sangam at Leh, a few of us exchanges notes on their concerns on how the alternatives would play out in the long run. Issues relating to the governing, knowledge and representation systems were discussed. Have something to add? Send in your text or mobile video
The National Alliance of Peoples' Movements has moved ahead for the last twenty years on the three pillars of opposition to casteism and communalism, opposition to Globalisation and Liberalisation based economic policy and asserting our right to life and livelihood through constructive action.
Medha's speech at the 10th biennial conference highlights the main struggles and developments over the last twenty years. She pledge to continue the struggle and assures that the younger lot will carry on the struggle. The slogans may seem the same, but the edge is razor sharp
The 10th biennial National Convention of the National Alliance of Peoples' Movements was held at the Rashtriya Seva Dal premises at Pune. Slogans and Songs rented the air, as over a thousand activists and students from all over India pledged to continue the struggle against destructive development and social prejudice. For more video reports
28th Sept 1989.... [ see post in AID INDIA website: Call of Harsud: Vikas Chahiye! Vinas Nahin! ]
It was 25 years ago. Activists, Social Workers, Peasants, Adivasis from all over India gathered to protest Destructive Development. The very ground on which they marched was to be one more Ruin of Development.
Harsud is now under water. But from here, Medha gave the call for opposing Destructive Development. She noted that People's Organisations from all states had come to support the People of the Narmada Valley
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Economic Localising is Politics against Globalisation - EOH III Bangalore- March 2014
Localisation is not only about going back to traditional structure. There is this new movement emerging particularly in the industrialised world consciously, shortening the distance between production and consumption. These shorter distances, bring with them a multitude of benefits.
Structurally, in the local food movement, when a farmer sells to a market closer to home, the economic pressure is to diversify, to produce more than just one mono-crop. Such practices do not lead to this drone-line global economy, where we cant see who we are killing, or what we are poisoning, what we are polluting. The shorter distances are necessary to rebuild ecological sustainability - fundamentally ecological to have more localised economy. It is also about rebuilding, that experience of interdependence, that is fundamental to all spiritual teachings.
We really are talking about this urgent need for real decentralisation of power. -- Helena Norberg-Hodge, Opening remarks at the third Economics of Happiness Conference held at Bangalore March 14-16, 2014, For Full text of Helena's click read more below...
The nation is halfway through the elections to the parliament and most parties have ignored the legitimate concerns of labour, except to chorus the need for `labour reforms' or `flexible labour markets'. It is time to remember the on going struggle of the workers at Maruti's `fastest car producing facility in the world at Manesar for their right to organise and strive for human working conditions and just wages'.
One of the discussions at Vikalp Sangam and the Southern Collective has been how do we see all our seemingly isolated alternatives within the larger context of change, structural transformation, and what do we need to do to...
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